crippledbrewer (45) - - JAN 1, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a nice dark brown with a dense off white head. Aroma was sweet,spicy with light wood and nuts. The palate was soft and it seemed to embrace the tongue. The flavour is quite sweet with notes of caramel and fruitcake with a dry bitter roasted malt finish. This is the first Christmas beer I have had that is light bodied enough to work in Australian summer conditions yet still have a respectable amount of flavour.
ReV2 (162) - Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle left over from Christmas 2012 and out of date by 3 months. Deep mahogany with an off-white head, aroma of malt & nutmeg. Taste is smooth malt with a little toffee. This has aged well & the head looks like a real ale though not bottle conditioned. Subtle bitter aftertaste, quite sweet and drinking up to its strength. Better than a fresh bottle I’ve had before.
Shark_Pants (452) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells of molasses, nuts. Taste is hazelnuts, roasted red meat, treacle, with a good bitter finish. Nice & thick on the palate. Really enjoying this.
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allmyvinyl (6343) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 12, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
500ml bottle at home. Pours dark reddish brown, decent off-white head and lacing. Slightly metallic aromas, toffee malt and dark sugar. Taste is sweet, finishes sweet and strangely thin. OK.
aleksander9 (788) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice dark brown with small off-white head. Small aroma of sweet caramel, floral hops, metal and roasted malt. Nice vinous mouth feel with small carbonation. Aftertaste is molasses, roasted malt, sweet caramel and floral hops. Overall: nice. Miss better aroma.
20107589 (517) - randers, DENMARK - DEC 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
roasted malt, and nutty aromas aromas. appear very dark brown with a frothy white head. great bitter taste. super palate for an english ale!!
gegwilson (2119) - North Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from B&M Stockton. Very dark body with a cream head. Good rich flavours of caramel, raisin and a touch of licorice before a nice bitter stuff. Good tastey stuff, but easy drinking too.
Melkart (316) - Porto Alegre, BRAZIL - NOV 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2013 Nice color and foam. Strong beer with very nice taste of malt. Well balanced too.
RichTheVillan (4496) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from B&M Bargains; dark brown pour with frothy beige head, nut and treacle aroma, dark fruit taste with molasses Christmas spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon, quite sweet with some toasted malts.
Holmen1 (3547) - Stavanger, NORWAY - NOV 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fra flaske, DSJT på Cardinal nov-13: stor og kompleks kryddersmak - et interessant øl som må prøves igjen. Her har de pakket mye inn i bare 5,4%.